By Jimmy Zanor
@ShoreLineSports on Twitter
EAST HAMPTON >> The East Hampton Bellringers, which joined the Shoreline Conference in 2006, will compete this spring in baseball, softball, boys and girls tennis, boys golf, and boys and girls outdoor track.
Coach Scott Wosleger begins his eighth season at East Hampton. Under Wosleger, the Bellringers have captured three Shoreline Conference championships (2008, 2011, and 2013) and a Class S state title in 2011.
And the defending Shoreline Conference champion Bellringers will be contenders once again in 2014, along with Cromwell, Haddam-Killingworth, and Old Lyme.
East Hampton will be led by senior pitcher/shortstop Marvin Gorgas, who was a member of the US National 18U team that captured a Gold Medal last summer and is one of the top players in the state. The hard-throwing righthander went 10-2 with a 0.52 ERA while leading the Bellringers to a 17-10 mark and a berth in the Class S semifinals. He also batted .403 with two home runs.
Gorgas is a top pro prospect who is projected to be drafted in the top 10 rounds of the 2014 draft.
Senior outfielder Steve Peltier (.325, 17 RBI’s) and senior pitcher Zac Harrington (4-4, 1.89 ERA) will be among the top players in the conference.
First-year coach Scott McCall is hoping to improve on last season’s 9-12 mark.
The Bellringers will be led by tri-captains, senior Sarah Dickerman, junior Taylor Muncy and junior Emily Weber. Dickerman is an All-Conference player who will take over the pitching chores from Madison Rhinehart (graduated). The versatile Muncy also earned All-SLC honors a year ago.
Junior Kaylie Ryan (catcher), junior Pearl Phelps (third base) and sophomore Taylor Caruso (middle infield) are returning starters.
Sophomore Renee Radavich, and freshmen Jenna DeMartino and Sarah Vickery will look to solidify the lineup.
The young Bellringers will rely on their team speed and versatility as they try and get over the .500 mark this season.
Coach Sam Pach, who is in his first season, believes the Bellringers have added some depth from a team that went 1-19 a year ago.
The team will be led by senior co-captains Brandon Allen-Twiss and Nate Baker, and senior Ryan Taylor.
The Bellringers went 0-19 a year ago and coach Kathy Sorrell will try and rebuild in her first season with a young and inexperienced team.
Senior Ashley Measimer is the team’s captain. Juniors Abby Price and Noelle Strzalkowski, and sophomore Kate Taylor will help solidify the Bellringers lineup.
Jon Searles begins his seventh season with a senior-laden team that is looking to improve on last season’s 6-16 record.
Senior Josh Basil, a returning captain and No. 1 player, will lead the Bellringers. Seniors Ray Morassini and Kyle Sturmer are returning starters whom Searles expects bigger contributions this season.
Senior newcomers who will give the lineup a boost include Matt Booth and Colin Parks, while Searles is also hoping juniors Evin Bell and Jordan Buonocore will be able to start some matches.
Sophomore Alex Basil made significant improvement as a freshman and could see some action as an everyday starter.
The Bellringers placed fifth in last year’s Class S meet and were third in the SLC championship meet. This year’s team will not have as much depth as a year ago but the Bellringers will be strong in the middle distance and jumping events.
Leading the way for first-year coach Elaine Sullivan will be senior captains Josh Chasseau (hurdles), Gavin Maylock (sprints, mid-distance), Garrett Roberts (mid-distance) and Austin Tierney (jumps).
Senior Nick Costa (mid-distance) and junior Dan Klemonski (hurdles) are the Bellringers other top returners.
The Bellringers placed fifth in last year’s Class S meet and were the runner-ups in the SLC championship meet.
East Hampton suffered the loss of some key runners to pre-season injuries but with a number of talented jumpers, vaulters and mid-distance runners returning, the Bellringers will be SLC contenders again under first-year coach Elaine Sullivan.
Leading the way will be senior captain Hannah Cook. Cook, who is fresh off a State Open indoor championship in the high jump (the first Bellringer to accomplish that feat), will also compete in the long jump and triple jump events this spring. Cook has already signed with Division I Sacred Heart (Bridgeport).
Senior captain Jordan Schuler will compete in the pole vault, along with sophomore Alyssa Mercaldi and freshman Jenna DeCoursey.
The Bellringers top returning athletes include junior Dimitra Kourtzidis (shot, discus), junior Erin Provost (hurdles, mid-distance), sophomore Natalie Dash (hurdles, sprints), junior Madison Boyce (distance), junior McKenzie Boyce (distance), and junior Leah Coughlin (mid-distance, hurdles).
East Hampton will also be led by senior captains Madison Savage and Lindsey Gillespie.